People who want taxes to be fair are divided into two distinct camps. The socialist camp thinks taxes are fair when those who make or have more pay more taxes. The sky is the limit on how much more should be paid. The conservative camp says that it is a person’s civic responsibility, whether they’re rich or poor, to pay their fair share toward society’s needs. We share streets, sewers, police and fire departments, and we all should equally contribute to the common good.
A national consumption tax as proposed by the Fair Tax Act in Congress would give all actual taxpayers (who are no longer a majority) a huge relief from the complexities of our tax code while generating as much or more revenue as our current tax law does.